Hello, fellow bookworms! Today I'm excited to welcome the wonderful Jemima from Drinking Books as July's featured blogger! Jemima formed The Book Club last month, which I happen to be a member of (and you should check out because we're totally awesome).
How long have you been blogging, and what was it that inspired you to get started?
I’ve been blogging for around 2 years (not including my tumblr blog, doing that would mean like 5 years). The first year however was a mess of me occasionally blogging and expressing my thoughts. But my current blog has only been active for a year. I joined the book blogging world in March 2015 and haven’t looked back. Initially I began book blogging because I wanted to express the books that I loved and loathed to see if others felt the same as me. Also because I watched Little Book Owl on BookTube religiously I wanted my own way to talk about books.
|Little Book Owl|
What is the best part about blogging for you?
Talking to new people who love books as much as me! Through blogging I’ve met so many lovely new people that I would never have met had I not talked so much about books!
Have you had any blogging disasters?
Oh god so many!!! I try and fail at posting my reviews in once place and end up with no links. I’ve posted a post and realised that the images I’d included hadn’t actually included themselves- and I was super proud of them too!
What has been your favourite blogging memory?
Probably interviewing Caroline Lawrence. Growing up she was the nudge that got me into loving Ancient Rome. I had the pleasure of interviewing her for an anthology she was part of and I was such a fangirl! I love her books they are so well-written that you can be easily transported to her worlds!
You can read that interview here.
What do you hope to achieve with your blog in the future?
Getting more people out there reading the books that are amazing and yet so underhyped! Also meeting more people who love books!
You and Books
What appeals to you when searching for new books to read?
If it’s a book that has been said to be like my favourite book it’s a book that instantly goes onto my TBR. But also I like to try out new authors and give them a chance. Sometimes though, it’s the cover that can appeal to me. That sounds so bad- judging a book on the cover; but sometimes the best books have the most beautiful covers!
Are there any genres that you avoid?
Not so much avoid but I read less of two genres. Classic and Non-fiction. I do read a bit of them however, but I tend to dive for Fantasy and YA more than them. Not sure why because I do love learning about people and the past, as well as reading the books that have withheld the test of time and are still here now.
What book would you say has had the biggest impact on your life?
There are a few books that have impacted me so much that they have stayed with me. I can’t name a single book that had the most impact because a lot of books give me their own unique impact, but I can name 3 for their own reasons.
- Clean Break by Jacqueline Wilson; this book got me into reading. Like I was always a reader but this book opened me up to reading at the rate I do.
- Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Jill Mansell; this book opened me to reading chick-lit. I used to think I’d never read something so cheesy. But I read this book in a weekend and came out of it needing lots more chick-lit!
- Wonder by RJ Palacio; this book. Just… oh god this book is one of those that makes you think. You know the kind of think where you are left emotionally raw and you just wanna sob because of the injustices you recognise in your own world? The kind where you start to see the world and change your thought processes. If could make a book a mandatory read in schools, it would be this one.
What book are you currently anticipating?
Currently I am anticipating the finale to Claudia Gray’s Firebird series; A Million Worlds With You. Although I’ve not read the first two I am planning on marathon reading the series when I get the final book. I am so excited for it though!!
Tell us who your favourite fictional characters are!
- Hermione Granger (of course)
- Draco Malfoy
- Albus Potter
- Scorpius Malfoy
- Will Herondale
- Rose Tyler
- Gwen Cooper
- Captain Thorne
All About You
What are your hobbies? (Besides books and blogging, of course.)
Writing books! I also love playing with my dogs, watching Supernatural/Doctor Who/Torchwood again, the list for shows could go on. I also paint and draw. But one of my main interests is acting, I love acting!! I’m an aspiring actor and hope to one day reach my dreams of acting whether it be for stage or screen.
What are three goals you’d like to achieve in the next few years?
Become an actor Get down my TBR to like 100 books Learn to drive
If you could travel back in time to chat to a person in history, who would it be?
Agatha Christie. Either her or William Shakespeare. Two people who mean a lot to me and have brought such wonderful works of prose to this world. Agatha with her crime, William with his plays and sonnets. Their work are pure unique genius and it would be an honour to meet them.
This or That
Coffee or Tea?
TEA TEA TEA
(although Starbucks do a great Peppermint Latte shush don’t tell the tea)
Library or Bookshop?
Summer or Winter?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Cats or Dogs?
Facebook or Twitter?
Where can readers find you?
The Book Club: https://twitter.com/TheBookClubs
Below is my current pic that I love/use for all my profiles. Taken with the guys who play Albus and Scorpius; hence why they are included in my favourite characters.
Huge thank you to Jemima for the awesome interview! If you're interested in being the featured blogger for August, don't hesitate to send an email my way: email@example.com